A historic event is going down this week: the Wu-Tang Clan is coming to Edmonton. The rap/hip-hop group is a chaotic cohesion of relatives and close friends and is often considered one of the best rap groups of time, as no one has been able to recreate their sound.
Orville Green, owner of Tuffhouse Records, says that the Wu-Tang Clan performing here is going to give the still-growing Edmonton hip-hop scene the boost it needs to take things to the next level.
“The Wu-Tang concert will help in that it will get the whole community together and it shows that we can bring our heroes in,” says Green.
According to Green, Edmonton has a lot of different styles and so choosing the opening acts for Wu-Tang was a difficult decision.
“If they’re doing something positive in the community and they’re working hard and trying to get their music out there but didn’t get that little push—well, if we have that opportunity to give them that push then why not, right?”
Str8 Gutta was one of the artists that was chosen to open for Wu-Tang and he says that it was a dream come true.
“The Wu-Tang Clan is pretty much the reason I started,” says Gutta. “They’re my hip-hop role models.”
According to Gutta, it’s important for the rest of the world to see that Edmonton is a player in the hip-hop scene. The Wu-Tang clan coming to perform here is only going to boost that image.
“It’s all about those guys coming down and spreading the word about the upcoming artists,” says Gutta.
Sat, Aug 2 (8 pm)
With Peter Jackson, Wayz and more
Edmonton Expo Centre
Tickets from $70